6 forgotten car features of the past

Cars, like any form of technology, change with the times. This means that many car features come and go. Most of the time, those old features were replaced with newer, more high-tech ones like manual windows, but that’s not always the case. Some features just went out of style. Here’s a look at six forgotten features of cars from the past.

1. Hidden fuel caps

A long-vanished feature is the hidden fuel caps. This feature started in the ’40s thanks to Cadillac, and a decade later, almost every passenger car had a hidden fuel cap, according to Autoevolution. Some of these hidden fuel caps even had special decorations. These hidden fuel caps disappeared when safety regulations were tightened, but people who like classic cars can still find them.

2. Swivel seats

As Autoevolution wrote, today swivel seats are more common in child seats, but in the past, car manufacturers used to offer swivel seats for adults. It all started in the 50’s with Chrysler. Some of Chrysler’s designers thought people should have an easier time getting in and out of their cars, and they thought the solution was swivel seats.

It didn’t take long for GM and Ford to make cars with swivel seats. Since then, swivel seats have gone out of style, but it is still possible to find some cars that can be equipped with them.

3. Windshield visors

The windshield visors of the past are not the same as the windshield visors of the present. Today, many cars come with an inner sun visor on the windshield that people can use to keep their car cool, and there are plenty of options on the aftermarket as well.

However, the windshield visors, which no longer exist, were mounted on the outside of the car. As with modern windshield visors, automakers offered them as an option, and people could also buy them on the aftermarket. These old windshield visors looked like metal shields, usually mounted on the pillars of the car. They were also effective at their job, making the cabin cooler and less bright.

4. Continental uniforms

Another feature that classic car lovers will enjoy is the continental kits that were very popular in the ’50s. According to Autoevolution, a continental kit is a covered spare tire mounted on a tray behind the car’s rear bumper. Many classics like the Chevy Impala have this feature, but it is no longer popular, mainly for safety reasons.

5. Hood ornaments

6 Forgotten Car Features of the Past

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Obviously, some luxury car brands still have hood ornaments on their cars, including Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. However, almost every car had a hood ornament in the past. Those hood ornaments were on regular cars and there was a wide variety of designs. Some examples of earlier hood ornament designs include human forms, spears, and aircraft.

6. Noisy seats

One of the oldest forgotten features is the retractable seat. This feature was prevalent in the early 20th century and some called it the mother-in-law’s seat. The rear seat was an extra seat located at the rear of the car. The rolling seat was folded and was not under the roof.

This meant that the rolling seat had the apparent problem of not offering protection from the elements to whoever sat on it. If no one wanted to sit in it, drivers often used it as an additional cargo compartment. This feature was finally discontinued in the 1930s.

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